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Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project

The city is set to ask the Westside Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center on the west side. The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton was asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.

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Pittsfield Allocates Funds to Build Shelter at Durant Park

The money to finalize the renovation of Durant Park has been secured. After a community effort to rename Pitt Park in honor of Willard and Rosemary Durant, those involved wanted to see a park that reflected what the two meant to the neighborhood.

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Pittsfield Asked to Re-ignite West Side Youth Center Talks

Hamilton remembers growing up on the West Side and spending time at the former Mason hall, which was a youth center. There were dances and classes and role models for youth like her to look up to. But, that building is now demolished. And with that, she felt her community rotted out, too. Hamilton said she is now afraid to drive down her own street.

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Clarksburg Looks to Add Peter Cook's Name to Veterans Field

The Select Board on Wednesday gave its blessing to add Peter A. Cook's name to Veterans Field. The VFW is named after Cook, a town resident killed in 1970 in Vietnam, and Denault said in the likelihood that the VFW will eventually shut down, they want to memorialize Cook.

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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall

The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program. The program had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961 and was a youth football competition. In the spring the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning Punt, Pass, and Kick program.

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Williamstown to Mark Margaret Lindley Park's 50th Anniversary

Margaret Lindley Park has been a destination for generations of area youngsters and anyone looking for a cool spot on a hot summer day. But there are still people who do not fully appreciate the little park near the junction of Routes 7 and 2 in South Williamstown.

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North Adams Parks Commission Advises River Street Shed Removal

The Parks & Recreation Commission is looking to do some clean up at River Street Park. Commissioners on Monday are recommending removing a trashy shed that's been attracting undesirable elements and placing one or more signs on Houghton Street cautioning drivers of the park.

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Could Be Next To See Major Upgrades

Clapp Park could see a major upgrade in the coming years. The city has partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant to complete a major park renovation.

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Pittsfield Looking to Standardize Park Signage

The new sign for Durant Park will be the model for all park signs in the future. Parks and Open Space Manager Jim McGrath presented the design to the Parks Commission on Tuesday, showing a fairly basic sign with letter naming the park, the city's seal, and a note that it is overseen by the Parks Commission. McGrath said the signage replicates the standard signs at the city's conservation areas except with a green background instead of maroon.

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Pittsfield Highlights Westside Riverway Park For Arbor Day

It may seem like an odd setting to celebrate Arbor Day, an active construction site where some trees had been removed and soil dug up resting alongside a river historically known for pollution.

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Endorses Dog Park at Burbank Park

Burbank Park has been identified as the best location for a dog park. The Parks Commission agreed and endorse the recommendation from a study group to use between one and two acres of land for the park. The dog park is eyed to be fenced in with separate sections for large and small dogs. The parks are areas in which pet owners can let their pups off leash, which isn't currently allowed in city parks.

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Three Dog Night Concert Being Planned For Wahconah Park

Three Dog Night could be bringing joy to Wahconah Park this summer. The Parks Commission on Thursday approved a request from Berkshire Radio Group Vice President Peter Barry to use the park on Saturday, August 26 for the concert. Barry is in the "exploratory phase" of possibly putting on the concert and needed to secure the city's permission to use the field before booking them.

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Pittsfield Brainstorms Future of Parks and Open Spaces

Expand the skate park. Add lights to Clapp Park. Fix the drainage at the old beach at Pontoosuc Lake. More benches at Burbank. Disposal stations for dog waste. Dog parks. Outdoor ice skating. Restoring the Springside House. And the list goes on.

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First Phase of Springside House Restoration Starts This Spring

The first phase of the restoration of the Springside House is slated to begin this spring. The city awarded Allegrone Construction a $212,000 contract to fix the foundation, a portion of the roof, and drainage controls. The construction will start in the spring, addressing the most immediate needs to preserve the building. From there, advocates and city officials are continuing to plan the exact usage of the building for the future.

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Adams Selectman Ask Softball Leagues To Compromise

The Selectmen on Wednesday declined to step into a dispute between two local softball leagues, tabling a vote on field usage until April. There was a full room Wednesday of parents and coaches from the Lassie League and the newly established Adams-Cheshire Savoy League that both requested the use of Russell and Reid fields because they are unwilling to rejoin as a single league.

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North Adams Mayor: Neighborhood Parks Won't Disappear

The administration is assuring residents that the decision to consolidate sports programming at the two athletic complexes in no way means the parks themselves will disappear. Usage of the neighborhood ballparks has dropped considerably over the past decade or so, which has the Parks & Recreation Department looking to scale back in those parks and focus on the well-used complexes at Noel Field and Alcombright Athletic Complex.

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North Adams to Consolidate Parks Sports Programming

The city will start consolidating and decommissioning neighborhood parks and move all activity to Alcombright and Noel Field athletic complexes. The Parks Commission on Monday night gave its blessing to the plan to start dismantling four parks and consolidating to the two main complexes to lighten the load for the shrinking Department of Public Works.

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Vacant North Adams Lot Being Transformed Into UNO Park

The "UNO Park" sign was installed months ago above the grassy lot that once held a tire service center at the corner of Houghton and River streets. The UNO Center next door opened last year; now the "park" part is finally coming to fruition.

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Community Build Starts On New Playground at Durant Park

It was almost a year ago exactly when Eddie Taylor went before the Parks Commission and said the renaming of Pitt Park was "reigniting a fuse." Rosemary and Rev. Willard Durant had inspired community and were a positive inspiration to many on the west side and a packed room last October of supporters rallied behind changing Pitt Park's name to honor the former AME Price Memorial Church pastor. The name change for those in support was not just a name, it was the start of a movement.

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Pittsfield's Highland Park Renamed For Christopher R. Porter

Highland Park will now be renamed after the late Christopher R. Porter. The Parks Commission approved the renaming after a hearing on Tuesday. Porter owned and operated C.R. Porter Builders, working on many of the city's parks, and was known in the community for his philanthropy and voluntarily maintaining the park. He died last December at age 54.

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North Adams Commission Approves Dog Park

A dog park is finally becoming a reality in the city after several years of work. The Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday unanimously approved locating the park at the Houghton Street playground. The North Adams park appears to be only the second in the county, with the first being French Park Dog Park in Egremont.

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Shire City Sessions Returns, Bringing Original Music To Common

The Shire City Sessions concert series has moved to the Common. Four shows will be played in July and August on Monday nights at the common featuring an array of original bands with regional or national draw. The series in its second year after last year hold three concerts in the parking lot of Shire City Sanctuary.

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Parks Commission Approves Plan To Upgrade Durant Park

A new playground is the first step in a multi-phased plan to revamp the newly re-named Durant Park. Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath received approval of the plan from the Parks Commission on Tuesday which features not only a new playground but also new signage, fitness area, upgraded bathrooms, new pavilion, upgrades to the baseball and softball field and a new fence along the river.

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Parks Commissions Approves Improvements To Pellerin Field

The first round of improvements to the newly named Buddy Pellerin Field at Clapp Park is set for this summer. The Parks Commission gave the group heading the effort the Okay to order a scoreboard and to continue planning for a number of other additions and changes to the field. The group has already raised $20,000 and has set a goal of a quarter of a million to make four phases worth of improvements to the ballfield.

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Gala Planned to Raise Funds For Springside Park Improvements

There are big, bold plans for the future of Springside Park and the nonprofit Springside Park Conservancy is looking to raise funds to start work. On July 1, the conservancy is hold a gala featuring music, food, and cash bar as the first fundraiser for improvements to the park. The event is $30 will all of the funds going toward improvements eyed in the newly adopted master plan.

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